The History Of Herd Of The Ether Space: 1980's & 1990's
by Charles Rice Goff III
The group of sound experimenters known as "Herd Of The Ether Space" has a long and complex history, full of wonders and surprises for anyone interested in the avant garde underground of the late 20th Century. Much of that history was documented on cassettes released by Taped Rugs Productions and other independent cassette/home recording labels. Between the 1980's and 1990's, Herd Of The Ether Space (HOTES) released 34 cassette albums and contributed to five international compilations of home-recorded, avant garde tape compositions. Nineteen underground cassette labels from seven different countries distributed 26 HOTES productions throughout the world-wide homerecording network. All of this happened before digital recording, computer technology, and the internet had become available and affordable to the average residents of what some might call "the modern world."
HOTES was not a "band" in the traditional sense, and, in fact, several HOTES recordings were created years before the group even had the inclination to give itself a name. Over the course of two decades, no fewer than 29 individuals took part of creating HOTES recordings and/or participating in HOTES public performances. This archive is an attempt to unravel the complex tale of Ethereal chaos which HOTES wound together during its many years of sonic experimentation.
Included in this archive are three pdf files of written history and references, written and edited by HOTES member, Charles Rice Goff III.
1) Herd Of The Ether Space In The 1980's
2) Herd Of The Ether Space In The 1990's
3) Herd Of The Ether Space 1981 - 2001 Documented Chronological List Of Recordings
The first two files are edited from a series of podcast presentations that Goff had posted over the course of two years between 2009 and 2010. References to audio and video recordings which are currently archived at archive.org are made in each of the 68 excerpts from the two podcast series. Several photographs and other visual images are included in these files as well.
The third file creates a timeline of recording dates which spans twenty years. Many HOTES compositions are collages of recordings; this timeline identifies the individual sources which combined to create those collaged compositions. Often recordings from a single HOTES recording session were released on various cassette albums; this timeline identifies the cassette albums on which each HOTES composition was released.
Keep in mind when exploring this archive that the forces of entropy and Dadaist absurdity were key to the creative inspirations which guided the Herd throughout its long history. It may not be easy to grasp the realities produced by this group even by reading this vast mass of explanatory verbiage.
by Taped Rugs Productions